What is a stop snoring mouthpiece?
Some people are still a bit confused by the term ‘stop snoring mouthpiece’, and for good reason. While these devices have definitely been getting more attention lately than ever before, they’re not really what you would call ‘mainstream’. They still haven’t gotten a lot of offline media attention, and there are a lot of people in the world who still haven’t heard of them.
Basically, a stop snoring mouthpiece is a small plastic or latex device that is shaped sort of like a boxing mouth-guard. It’s designed to be worn inside the mouth during sleep to make small adjustments to the jaw and/or the tongue with the intent to prevent snoring from occurring.
Two types of mouthpieces
When it comes to stop snoring mouthpieces, there are basically two different types. There are those that adjust jaw placement, and those that adjust tongue placement. Some actually do both of these – though we’re going to take a moment and discuss the difference between these two main types of stop-snoring product types.
The first type actually slides the bottom part of the jaw forward. It does this by resting against the teeth and causing the jaw to sit slightly forward while being worn. This opens up the airway in the back of the throat, which is a common problem area for snorers. Once made, this small adjustment generally stops snoring and relieves the sleeper of the problem.
The second type actually adjusts the position of the tongue. Sometimes, snoring is caused when the tongue falls back into the throat—but this type of device fixes that problem by keeping it pulled forward.
Why would anyone choose to use a stop-snoring device?
As it turns out, there are a lot of advantages to using one of these products. For one, they cost far less than many of the other methods out there. Stop snoring pills, for example, need to be bought and re-bought for as long as you plan to use them—but once you stop taking them, they cease to help you. Snoring surgery is also incredibly expensive and invasive. And yet, even that might not help to fully correct the problem for some people.
Snoring mouthpieces are among some of the cheapest options available. And yet, despite their low cost, they’re remarkably effective. They can easily be experimented with without risk of financial burden, and may prove to be even more effective than some of the other more ‘mainstream’ methods on the market today.
What are the downsides?
There are a few downsides to stop snoring mouthpieces as well. For one, you need to wear them all night in order to derive any benefit—which some people find uncomfortable. It isn’t that difficult to get used to them, however, so a lot of people are actually able to work through this negative without much of a problem.
Another downside is that some of them (the ones that cause slight jaw realignment) may irritate the jaw and cause a bit of discomfort—though this can also be remedied by using the tongue-adjustment models instead.
Some mouthpieces (the cheaper ones) aren’t incredibly well designed either—which can leave users frustrated when they don’t work as well as expected. You definitely need to buy one of the good ones to derive a benefit from them.
Lastly, not all mouthpieces work for everyone—so even if you buy a good one, there is a chance that it could end up not working for you. The best way around this is just to buy what looks like the best option to you and give it a go. If it doesn’t work out, you can just return it and purchase another.
Many of the companies that make stop snoring mouthpieces also offer money-back guarantees, so you can often buy them risk free knowing that you’ll be able to return them if you’re not happy.